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On the cutting edge – the frontlines of Ebola research and more

OnTheCuttingEdge-3707633630_14910566ba_bFeatured this week is a report from the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak, highlighting how scientists are using sequencing as a tool towards curbing this epidemic. Learn about new research on Alzheimer’s disease and PTSD and read stories about genetic complexity, from the differences in your genome that can be observed across the trillions of cells in your body as well as the microbes living in and on your body that outnumber your own cells by as much as 10 to 1!

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Ebola virus mutating rapidly as it spreads
Outbreak likely originated with a single animal-to-human transmission.
by Erika Check Hayden, Nature News
August 28, 2014

When You Move House, Your Microbial Aura Moves Too
by Ed Yong, National Geographic, Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science
August 29, 2014

I Contain Multitudes
Our bodies are a genetic patchwork, possessing variation from cell to cell. Is that a good thing?
by Kat McGowan, Quanta Magazine
August 21, 2014

Young blood to be used in ultimate rejuvenation trial
by Helen Thomson, New Scientist
August 20, 2014

Our Microbiome May Be Looking Out for Itself
by Carl Zimmer, The New York Times
August 14, 2014

Spread of genes implicated in post-traumatic stress disorder
Identification of possible genetic markers supports trauma treatment with steroid hormone.
by Helen Shen, Nature News
August 11, 2014

Tactic in Alzheimer’s Fight May Be Safe, Study Finds
by Pam Belluck, The New York Times
August 11, 2014

Inclusion on our list does not imply any endorsement from pgEd. Also, there are many wonderful resources that we will not be able to cite, and we apologize in advance for works that we have not included.

Image credit: “Bootstrap DNA by Charles Jencks, 2003” by mira66 (CC BY 2.0)

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